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Launch of the GAR Special Report on Drought 2021

Organizer(s) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
Cover image for the GAR Special Report Drought
Event language(s)
  • English
17 June 2021
15:00 CEST

Droughts have deep, widespread and underestimated impacts on societies, ecosystems, and economies. They incur costs that are borne disproportionately by the most vulnerable peopleThe extensive impacts of drought are consistently underreported even though they span large areas, cascade through systems and scales, and linger through time, affecting millions of people and contributing to food insecurity, poverty, and inequality. Climate change is increasing temperatures and disrupting rainfall patterns, increasing the frequency, severity, and duration of droughts in many regions across the globe.  As we move towards a 2˚C warmer world, urgent action is required to better understand and more effectively manage drought risk to reduce the devastating toll on human lives and livelihoods, and ecosystems.

The GAR Special Report on Drought 2021 explores the systemic nature of drought and its impacts on achievement of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the SDGs and human and ecosystems health and wellbeing.

The GAR Special Report on Drought 2021 will be launched on 17 June 2021, the World Day for Combating Desertification and Drought in conjunction with the UN Convention to Combat Desertification.


  • Moderator: Loretta Hieber Girardet, Chief of the Risk Knowledge Branch, UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
  • Opening remarks: Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)
  • Opening remarks: Ibrahim Thiaw, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD)
  • Keynote speaker: Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Deputy Director for Climate and Environment, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Video message: Stephen Quest, Director General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
  • Presentation of the key findings of the report: Dr. Roger Pulwarty, Senior Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • Presentation of case study: Advancing Drought Risk Management in the Caribbean: A Multi-Sectoral Perspective: Adrian Trotman, Chief of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (AMC) at the Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH)
  • Presentation of case study: East Africa - The IGAD Case: Mr. Gerald Kairu, Regional Project Manager, the Global Water Partnership




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